Well, yes, it's the cover of a fire hydrant. It has been sealed and marked -- as have all covers within about 500 yards/metres of our parliament (close to my home). A vagrant stopped to watch me take the photo. Then he said: "They must be quite serious. They've taken away all the rubbish bins as well." OBSERVATION: There is high tension surrounding the president's State of the Nation address this evening. A year ago, a police whirlybird hovered over parliament. This year, a helicopter gunship hovered over parliament, a day in advance.